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Schenn to remain with Leafs

Monday, 10.27.2008 / 4:20 PM / News

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"I said if he was one of the top four defencemen on our team he would play. He’s easily in the top four."
-- Toronto coach Ron Wilson

Luke Schenn is staying with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Best get used to the idea. It'll be this way for a long time.

Leafs head coach Ron Wilson Monday confirmed the 18-year-old Schenn would not be returning to the Kelowna Rockets.

"I said if he was one of the top four defencemen on our team he would play," Wilson said. "He’s easily in the top four."

A junior-aged player can play nine games in the NHL before his contract kicks in. Schenn’s ninth game will be Tuesday as the Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lighting.

As Wilson is fond of saying, this is not brain surgery.

"We played in Detroit, he was one of the best players on the ice," he said. "We played Anaheim in here, he was one of our best players. He’s been our best defenseman, defensively, in almost every game. That’s good enough for me."

Schenn has a rating of minus three and his emphasis on defence will auger against flashy plus-minus numbers. More telling is his average ice time of 21:24, second overall for rookies.

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